The Most Surprising Secrets TSA Agents Really Wish You Knew

2. The TSA looks for specific behaviors to find terrorists

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The TSA is looking for people who act in very specific ways. | iStock.com/YakobchukOlena

Despite doubts that the TSA can effectively find dangerous people — and not dangerous items in travelers’ bags — the agency is always on the lookout for terrorists and criminals at the airport. The TSA even compiled a list of behaviors that might signify that somebody is a terrorist. And when that confidential document was published, it made quite a splash. As The Intercept reported, the underlying program has attracted controversy due to the lack of science supporting it — but TSA agents have to comply with instructions regardless of whether there’s science backing up the rules or not.

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